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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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Rebecca Hackemann

SPE Member since 2017
Member Chapter: Midwest

Stereo Photographs

The aim in my work is to call attention to and question the Cartesian structure of vision, in which subject and observer are separate entities. A further aim is to question the world around us and how it is re-presented to us through cultural institutions and the mass media. The theoretical import of this work harks back to semiotics and ideas surrounding the rhetoric of the photographic image. On a formal level this ongoing body of work collapses and challenges the boundaries between sculpture, language and photography.
Photography and sculpture are combined into "photo based" work or optical sculptures that humorously address contemporary political and societal issues as well as language and how it's meaning is constructed. Johnathan Crary notes that the relation of observer to image is no longer to an object quantified in relation to a position in space, but rather to two dissimilar images whose position simulates the anatomical structure of the observer's body. This is where subjectivity and the imaginary space of 3-D come into play.

The Indoctrination

The Philosophical Piggy

The Corset

Post Natural Tree Stump With Storage Compartment % Optional Transparent Background Feature

The Burden of Representation

Her She Hands


Oh Say Can You See?

The world of Type a

The Society of the Spectacle

Simulacrum, or Tribute to the Blade Runner

The President Neglect


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